Sharks and Starfish – what do they have in common? Nothing but the ocean, but if you were bitten by the first, do you have something to replace what was lost? Nature has provided Starfish the ability to regenerate the parts of itself that have been lost. Organizations should consider this before something happens within their organization that could stop progress or business in its tracks.
Below is a great example.
A client last week shared some news with me:
The result of this exercise (Julie really was not eaten by a shark) was that payroll for 140 employees went out one day late, but was accurately done.
Like Starfish that can regenerate a missing arm, organizations should have systems or processes in place to compensate when an employee or function is not available. The above “Shark Attack” was a great test to ensure that “their” system was set up as to not be dependent upon one person alone.
Julie got a day off. As luck would have it, she was able to be at a surgery of a family member and to help out (she had been afraid to ask for the time off).
Frank’s initial reaction was that there was no way this could work out. He learned that he needs to not react with “no way” to events. Instead, step back and figure out how it can be done.
Improvements were made to the system. Who knows when or if a shark will actually get Julie. But this time…they are ready!
Three things to ask yourself when facing a “Shark Attack”:
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